What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The NDIS aims to support a better life for Australians with significant permanent disability along with their families and carers. Our priority is to ensure that people with a disability continue to get the support they need. Once you have been notified that you are eligible for the NDIS, what comes next? We want to know more about you to create a plan that caters to your individual needs.

Firstly, you will be sent a planning kit. This kit includes information that explains the planning and assessment process. It also includes a participant statement for you to complete. We will also book an appointment for a planning and assessment conversation with you. You can invite other people to the meeting to support you if you like. The conversation we have will help us to understand the support that you might need.

For this step, you need to think about your goals and aspirations, what you need to help you live your life? Think about your health and wellbeing, your independence and the way you want to be involved in your community. Would you like to study? Or are there employment opportunities you would like to explore? You can use the planning workbook to help you think through what your goals and aspirations might be. Your planner will arrange to meet with you at a time and a place that works best for you. Bring your planning workbook so we can discuss your goals and aspirations. During this meeting, we will talk about what you want to achieve and any supports you already have in place. We will complete the paperwork together to develop your new plan.

Next, we develop a plan based on your goals, your circumstances and your needs. We will also discuss how you want to manage your supports. Some people want total control over their plan while others would like some assistance from their family or carers. The NDIS can also help you manage your supports or you may choose to have a provider help you.

The important thing is that you get to decide what works best for you. This happens once you agree with your funded supports and the way they will be managed. Now you are ready to put your supports into place. The NDIS recognises that over time your needs may change. Your plan and supports will be reviewed every 12 months or earlier if your needs change. The planning meeting is a conversation about your needs. We will talk about how you manage your daily activities and talk about how much support you may need for certain tasks. We will focus on ways to use your strengths and support you to pursue your goals. The aim of the planning meeting is to build on the information you have already given us. Planning and assessment conversations will go for about an hour or two depending on your individual needs. Some conversations may happen over more than one session, with time in between to research and consider support options. After your planning conversation, your planner will develop and finalise your plan which will include your goal and aspirations and your statement of supports.

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